Kelly Ward, Author at Nouveau Skin Therapy
Singer, Lauren Murray, enjoys her first A-Lift facial

Singer, Lauren Murray, enjoys her first A-Lift facial

Lauren Murray, first known for her appearance on X Factor, is now ready to release her first single and celebrated by getting an A-Lift facial. She needs her skin to look on point for her up coming TV appearances.

“Literally so in love with my skin right now thanks to @jc_browsandbeauty working her magic!!! The GLOW UP IS REAL!”

Her looks amazing, don’t you all agree?

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3 things to do for great skin in your 20s, 40s, and 60s

3 things to do for great skin in your 20s, 40s, and 60s

Skin is like everything else in life: look after it well and it will look good for many, many years. There are lots of things you can do to help keep your skin in the best-possible condition, despite the inevitable passage of time. Here are just three for each of he important milestones in your life:

In your 20s…

This is typically the decade in which to enjoy the best skin ever! It’s regenerating every fortnight and your collagen is providing amazing support, making your skin lovely and supple.

It’s easy to take this lovely, springy, 20-something skin for granted, but now is the time to lay the foundations for looking younger than your years when you hit middle age. You know the old saying: there’s no point in closing the gate after the horse has bolted. It’s time to get serious about your skincare. Here are three things you need to be doing to encourage and maintain radiant skin.

  1. Too much sun exposure will catch up on you, trust us! It will be 15 to 20 years before you’ll see environmental exposure damage on your skin, by which time it’ll be too late to do anything about it. So make sure your moisturiser has a minimum SPF of 15 to protect your skin from the harsh wrinkle-inducing, brown spot-creating effects of the sun.
  2. Replace any bargain-shop cleansers and moisturisers with a dermatologist-recommended skincare routine that matches your skin type. Many discount skincare ranges actually dehydrate your skin, stripping it of its natural oils and causing your oil glands to work overtime. The result? Spots! Invest in gentle, quality skincare with natural ingredients.
  3. If you were plagued with acne breakouts in your teens and early twenties which have left you with scarring and bumpy, uneven skin tone, a course of Dermatude skin-needling treatments can dramatically improve the texture of your skin, reducing the scarring and making it much smoother.


In your 40s…

By the time you’ve reached your 40s, you’ve laughed, you’ve cried, and you’ve puckered up for more kisses than you can remember. None of this seemed to make a jot of difference to your skin until recently. Where did those laugh lines and that deep furrow between your brows come from all of a sudden?

Sadly, it’s because your body’s ability to renew skin cells began to decrease rapidly during your 30s. Your skin regeneration cycle slowed down to between 28 and 32 days, so your priority now is to do everything you can to stimulate the collagen and elastin in your skin while reducing any dullness. Here are three things to get working on…

  1. Adjust your skincare regime. As we age, skin starts to lose its moisture, becoming drier. Your trusty lotions and potions that served you so well throughout your 20s and 30s may no longer be ideal, so switch to more appropriate products of the same high quality. You might need to switch to a heavier moisturiser with ceramides or fatty acids.

As well as your regular skincare routine, now’s the time to add a more powerful dermatologist-grade serum containing vitamins A (aka retinol), C, E and CoQ10 to energise your fibroblasts (the cells that make collagen).

  1. Your skin may lose its glow and start to look a bit dull, so regular exfoliation will brighten up your complexion. Choose a product with natural, biodegradable exfoliants.
  2. Have a course of microneedling treatments to tighten the skin and rejuvenate it. You’ll need a course of at least three treatments to induce collagen production, with a gap of four to six weeks in between treatments.


In your 60s and beyond…

After the menopause, hormonal changes have a big effect on your skin. Your skin starts thinning, it loses its elasticity and all sorts of unwelcome gravity-related effects come into play. Wrinkles deepen and eyelids, cheeks and chins start to bag and sag. It’s also when all that sunbathing we did in our youth comes back to haunt us – in the form of patchy sun spots.

The big question is, are you going to choose to age gracefully or embrace invasive anti-aging measures like fat transfer and plastic surgery? Is there anything at all we can do to stay looking our best without going under the knife? Here are three things you can do…

  1. If you have puffiness under your eyes, it could be caused by lymph or fluid retention. Try giving yourself a lymphatic drainage massage every morning. What’s that, you say? Here’s a lovely American lady demonstrating it for you:
  2. Start using skin serums and eye creams containing hyaluronic acid. The Journal of Cosmetic Dermatologyreported that, in a 2014 double-blind clinical trial, products containing hyaluronic acid decreased the appearance of wrinkles and reduced skin sagging with 30 days of consistent use. That’s got to be worth a try, right?
  3. Soften your deep lines and wrinkles, and reduce crepey-textured skin with regular Dermatude treatments. Dermatude’s microneedles will improve your circulation and stimulate the production of collagen and the effect is cumulative, with your skin continuing to improve with every treatment.

Don’t forget that, no matter what age you are, the absolute essentials for good skin start within. If you’re having skin troubles, look at what you’re fueling your body with. Are you eating too many processed foods? Are you still smoking? How much alcohol are you consuming? You’ll need to eliminate or minimise all of these skin-damaging habits and also get plenty of sleep if you want to be a fresh-faced octogenarian. Here’s to your long, happy life with glowing skin all the way!

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Why today’s A-listers are choosing needling over the knife

Why today’s A-listers are choosing needling over the knife

Gwyneth Paltrow. Naomi Watts. Jennifer Aniston. Angelina Jolie. Just a few of the Hollywood heroines reported to be fan-girls of microneedling facials. It seems today’s stars are balking at the idea of setting foot on the slippery slope that led the likes of Joan Rivers to surgery slavery. They’re all about maintaining glowing, healthy skin naturally – from the inside out.

So what is this microneedling treatment they’re having, and how does it actually work? Let’s put your mind at ease for starters: it’s not as prickly as it sounds.

First of all, a nourishing or rejuvenating serum is applied to your skin, depending upon what it most needs. Then, the therapist uses the pen-like handset of the Meta Therapy machine to make little overlapping circular movements over the skin.

But what about the scary-sounding needles? Well, in a nutshell, they’re just a little cluster of eighteen microneedles in a disposable cartridge that’s fitted to the handset. They make the tiniest half-a-millimetre punctures in the skin’s surface, which allow the serum to sink in and nourish the skin more deeply. Those same invisible-to-the-naked-eye perforations make your body’s repair system sit up and take note, triggering the healing process and producing new collagen and elastin, which it rushes to the surface of your skin to heal the little holes.

As we age, collagen and elastin production in our bodies starts to decline, causing our skin to lose that lovely youthful bounce it once had. But needling stimulates the production of these strength- and elasticity-giving proteins to naturally rejuvenate your skin.

So if you’re feeling like your face, neck and décolletage could use a little anti-gravity assistance but you really don’t like the idea of going under the knife, our microneedling treatment – Dermatude Meta Therapy – could very well be your new best friend. It gets to work on smoothing out the texture of your skin and reducing acne scars and sunspots in just under an hour per treatment.

Of course, it’s even more effective if you start feeding your skin from the inside out too. Match Dermatude with dietary and sleep support and you’ll see real improvements in your complexion. Collagen and elastin-supporting foods include eggs, beans, seeds and avocados… so don’t forget to put them on your shopping list.


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Botox vs NO-tox – alternative treatments that REALLY work!

Botox vs NO-tox – alternative treatments that REALLY work!

The ‘Frozen’ look. Is it time to let it go, let it go

Botox can do a pretty amazing job of smoothing out wrinkles and rolling back the years. But the jury’s still out here at Nouveau House as to whether it’s a good thing or not. Truth be known, we’re inclined to side with Hollywood A-lister Gwyneth Paltrow, who said she felt Botox made her look “crazy”.

A big issue for us is that, while it works well on your forehead, Botox isn’t so great on your lower face because it can pretty much reduce you to a single blank expression and we think smiling, frowning, and other expressions are part of life!

Do the benefits outweigh the risks?

There’s also the fact that, while Botox injections give you about four months’ worth of a younger-looking you, they’re not entirely risk-free. The general consensus of opinion is that, if you can afford to pay for a high-end practitioner who knows what they’re doing and uses top-quality injectables, you’ll have nothing to worry about.

But even top experts aren’t infallible. You only have to flick through a celebrity magazine to see evidence of that. And you can rest assured those famous faces have paid top dollar for the privilege of looking, well… a bit OTT, shall we say.

The other thing is, you’re not guaranteed to get the same results every time. It’s a bit like Russian Roulette; you never know when a little slip of the hand will leave you with a droopy eyelid. A droopy eyelid you’ll be stuck with for an unknown period of time.

Last but not least, there’s that niggling little fact that Botox is exactly what its name suggests – a toxin. Sure, doctors say it’s relatively harmless, but it’s really more a case of ‘so far, so good’ than an absolute certainty, which is probably why three out of four Botox users in the UK say they’d welcome an effective alternative.

The tide is turning on injectables

The good news is there are alternatives that improve your skin naturally and really do work – Dermatude Meta Therapy being one of them. These new treatments use the latest tech to give you very real, long-lasting results without actually changing the way you look.

Obviously, we’re a little biased when it comes to Dermatude. But if Botox holds no fear for you, we challenge you to try it. It’s an advanced dual-action treatment that works by using a digital needling pen to create thousands of precise micro perforations in the surface of the skin.

Immediately, your body’s natural healing process kicks in, rushing new collagen and elastin to the needled areas to repair the microscopic holes. While these holes are still open, active ingredients are driven into them to nourish the live cells and support healing.

It’s a truly effective way to restore your skin elasticity and thickness safely without the risks associated with injectables. And, of course, naturally, it’s really nice to know you’ll still be able to raise an eyebrow and smile.

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